[alsa-devel] SALSA-Lib versus C++

J. Scott Merritt alsauser at pragmasoft.com
Mon Jul 2 01:33:24 CEST 2007

Dear List,

It -appears- to me that the source file headers generated by
SALSA-Lib-0.0.5 (for example SALSA:asoundlib.h)  are not
generally usable from within a C++ program compiled with g++.

The first problem that I encountered was a failure in
IOC_TYPECHECK from asm-generic/ioctl.h.  After much searching,
I concluded that this is a component of continuing struggles
related to "sanitized linux-kernel-headers".  Some of the Debian
folks have supplied patches to disable this particular check when
the ioctl.h file is included from userland, but these patched
headers are not present in my cross-compile environment.  This
behavior apparently is not a problem with gcc or g++ < 2.3.3 -
but shows up in later versions of g++. ... a real mess as best
I can tell ...

The next problem is that when warnings are enabled, g++
complains vigorously about void pointers that are implicitly
cast to typed pointers through-out all of the SALSA-Lib
supplied header files.

Perhaps SALSA-Lib was never intended from usable from C++
programs - and indeed it could argued that its intended
application (embedded systems) should avoid the use of C++.
If this is the case, perhaps a mention of this restriction
might be appropriate on the SALSA-Lib Website and/or in 
its README file ?

Thanks again for all of your help in trying to get this working.

Best regards, Scott.

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